Caregiving Artists: Shentel Persons
colorful self portrait of artist shentel persons

I met artist and caregiver Shentel Persons on Instagram while browsing for users that happened to also use the hashtags we #caregivers often search for. After a while of following her, I discovered not only was she an incredibly fun and positive caregiver to her main client, Merry H., but also a talented artist whose creativity influences her and her client’s day-to-day activities, which range from dancing to painting and singing. We highlighted her in our round up of our favorite caregivers on Instagram.

I had a great exchange with Shentel recently, and she was extremely enthusiastic about letting The Caregiver Space feature her as our first artist in our “Caregiving Artists” series. Without further ado, here’s a little about caregiving artist Shentel Persons from Shentel herself.

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I’ve always been a lover of arts & crafts. Drawing came naturally. I drew as a child and took a few drawing courses at Portland Community College. For the most part, drawing courses involved graphite (grey) and charcoal (black). But I yearned for color! I began to add color in my assignments on my own. I began to study painting tutorials on YouTube and that’s how I learned to paint. I’ve been at it for four years now! I enjoy painting acrylic portraits using texture and glitter. Painting is my therapy.

As a caregiver, it was nothing but God’s grace that paired me with client, Merry H., who is also an artist, but hadn’t painted for years until we linked up. She calls me “Coo Coo” and tells me she loves me! Creating a way for Merry to paint again has empowered not only her but myself as well. Laughing, producing art together and bringing a smile to her face is the highlight of my day!

 You can read more about Shentel on her website, And she also has some of her work for sale (hint, hint).
Written by Liz Imler
As our Community Manager, Liz focuses on The Caregiver Space's daily online happenings. She also works behind the scenes, fixing bugs and making sure the site delivers our members a clean and seamless community experience. Before coming onto The Caregiver Space, Liz served as a Community Manager in the health and finance industries. She holds an MA from New York University and a BA from George Mason University, and splits her time between Virginia and New York. Her passions include writing, music, and travel.

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  1. Liz Imler, How would we go about setting up an art show on line if we were to do it?

  2. Merri — so glad you enjoyed this. We have more to come 🙂

  3. I can attest to the value of doing artwork to relieve stress and to also generate income as well.
    I have made a good living selling artwork at times. During the economic downturn things weren’t so easy to sell.

    • David — let us know if you want to feature some of your work 🙂

      • I would like to do some art shows again.

  4. Liz – Thanks so much for sharing this profile about Shentel. I’m building a new site using content curation to encourage creative and spiritual self-care for caregivers. Highlighting folks like Shentel serves as a great source of inspiration and encouragement.
    Blessings to you and your work here.


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